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February 27th, 2013
05:02 AM ET

VIDEO: Pope Benedict arrives in St. Peter's Square for final general audience


Rome (CNN) - Throngs of Roman Catholic faithful flocked to St. Peter's Square on Wednesday to hear the final public words of Pope Benedict XVI a day before he steps down and retreats into a life of seclusion.

Vatican officials said 50,000 tickets had been handed out for Benedict's final general audience - but tens of thousands more are expected to witness the historic moment in person.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Christiane Amanpour reports live as Pope Benedict XVI arrives for the last time in St. Peter's Square for his final general audience.

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  1. Cam trampke

    Who wants to live in a country where the government is shut down, and the citizenry is armed with assult weapons?
    Sounds like a third world country, I fear we are a nation in decline run by arrogance, greed and an attitude of "win at all costs." I fear for my chidlren and grandchildren's future.

    March 1, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply

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